A Valley Called Death

By Daniel Mkiwa


Ray Machiodi

The sweat on the side of his face rubbed slick on the hot leather of the car's seat. But it was the pounding in his head like a hundred hangovers that Gordon "Sticks" DeLuca noticed first.

He grimaced and massaged his temples as he sat up.

Disoriented in the backseat of his car, he had no recollection of how he'd gotten there.

The brightness of the day forced his eyes half-closed. The heat was persistent and oppressive.

It had to be over a hundred degrees. He opened his eyes to see the sand and chaparral outside the open windows of his car. The desert. He was sitting in the backseat of his own car in the middle of the desert.

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Suzanne Sisco

I loved this. It has the noire vibe without the 1950's setting. Very dark, moody and yet still believable. This was a very original take on the gangster theme.

David http://www.outofthegutteronline.com/2014/03/a-valley-called-death.html

Wow! Great story! I would love to see more from this author.

Kerry Donovan http://www.kerryjdonovan.com/

Great read, Daniel. :)

Victoria Kelleher https://www.facebook.com/victoria.kelleher.71

if i was a mobster, and i awoke by a grave in the desert, i would want it to be beside ray. great story!

Bill Baber http://www.outofthegutteronline.com/2014/03/a-valley-called-death.html

very cinematic. great story,,,

Kerry Donovan http://www.kerryjdonovan.com/

Just reread it - loved the dialogue, very evocative. Sweet ending.

Bruce Harris http://www.outofthegutteronline.com/2014/03/a-valley-called-death.html

Amazing story!!

Paul Beckman www.pincusb.com

Loved the dialogue.

Paul Beckman www.pincusb.com

Loved the dialogue.

Paul Beckman www.pincusb.com

Loved the dialogue.